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In Great Moments in Gay,Team TFE looks at our favorite queer scenes in the movies for Pride Month.Here'sKieran Scarletton Pariah (2011)

Writing this piece this week,in the wake of tragedy is especially difficult.Thinking about all of the incredible,vital voices that make up Team Experience,as well as the readers who this blog touches on a daily basis,it's impossible not to think that a great number of us could have been (and have been) in places just like that Orlando night club.Safe spaces for marginalized people—queer people in this instance—are sacred,rare and often self-forged.This is especially true of safe spaces for queer people of color,who face an even greater burden of those added identity politics.Now more than ever,it is important to recognize that being queer and open remains a revolutionary act.It's a sad truth to intuit—something so innate and unchanging being a cause for notice and affirmation in the face of a world that is still struggling to understand.It's also beautiful to observe the strength of the queer community,who continue to push forward,forging those safe spaces,making room in spaces that are not yet totally safe,prospering,thriving and living.

Which brings us to Dee Rees' 2011 debut feature filmPariah.This coming-of-age tale charts a young,black lesbian Alike (a magnetic Adepero Oduye) as she struggles to find herself.in the face of a home and school life that are not entirely welcoming to her identity...


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